Can You Over Practice?

VocalCoachKen June 8, 2011 0

After practicing a song for more than a week, I can’t produce sounds I’m satisfied with. E.g. sometimes I sing too high, I can’t sing the low parts as well anymore. It seems to be a problem that the further into a song I get, the higher I sing. I’m a 20-year-old girl, by the way. Is there a case of over-practising? Thank you!

~ GGH

Well, I’m not 100% sure what’s happening, but my guess is it’s one of two things… either you’re getting off of the music (singing higher), or as you practice your song, you start to lose your lower notes. I’ll go through both scenarios. Firstly, read my article on Improving Singing with Practice¬†

If you’re getting off pitch and just keep singing higher, then I’d simply suggest doing as much listening as you are singing. This will probably help quite a bit, but if you need a little extra help, pick one note that you sing frequently and try to hold onto that sound in your head while you listen or sing through the whole song. This will help you better stay on key. (if you know anything about music theory, pick the 1st or 5th note in the scale and you’ll be golden)

If you’re having issues singing lower notes after you sing higher, then I’d suggest warming up your lower register more before you start singing. When warming up, many singers start in their mid range and then work their way up, but rarely spend much time if any in the lower part of their range. It’s just as important to warm up the lower part of the voice up as it is the rest of it.

I hope this helps.

Best,
Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

ps – Feel free to add your thoughts below.